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YAAC Engagement & Student Transition Committee

Committee Purpose 
The Engagement and Student Transition Committee’s purpose is to advise The Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M University Career Center and recommend new initiatives for serving and engaging this demographic through transition opportunities, including professional and career development. The committee is charged with assessing existing engagement strategies, suggesting specifically designed awards that celebrate their achievements and presenting opportunities for Young Alumni to become engaged with their local A&M Clubs.


Meet the 2018 Engagement and Student Transition Committee

2018 Committee Chair
Corey Nichols '07 
Houston, Texas
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Corey Nichols is a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2007! During his time at Texas A&M University, Corey was involved in a wide variety of roles including Class of 2007 Treasurer, Student Senate, Business Fellows, Academy for Future International Leaders, Business Student Council, CARPOOL, Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, and Fish Camp. He was awarded an MSC Director's Award his sophomore year for his work on Class Councils, and was also awarded a Buck Weirus Spirit Award later that year. After graduating from Texas A&M, Corey spent 6 years in Dallas. During his time in Dallas, Corey served as an officer with the Dallas A&M Club where he ran monthly Aggie Happy Hours, organized game watching parties, and twice had the honor of serving as Muster Chairman. Also while in Dallas, Corey served on the board of the Downtown YMCA for five years where he founded and chaired the Technology Committee, and raised over $100,000 for programming targeted at developing inner city youth.

Professionally, Corey has previously worked for companies such as Honeywell and Energy Systems Group in business development roles where he developed financed energy projects for clients. Through these roles he led teams, comprised primarily of financial analysts and engineers, in crafting and delivering solutions to c-suite executives and their boards. In addition to his civilian work, Corey serves as a Supply Officer in the US Navy Reserve. In 2014, Corey was admitted to the full time MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He graduated in June 2016 with an MBA with focuses in finance, accounting, and strategy. While at Kellogg, Corey served as an officer in the Energy Club and was elected as the Executive Vice President of the Student Body. Unable to stand the cold any longer (and badly missing Texas), he interned with Citi Group in their oil and gas Investment Banking practice in Houston during the summer of 2015, accepted an offer to join the firm full time upon graduation, and recently moved back to Texas!


2018 Committee Chair-Elect
Kindall Shannon '14
Madison, Wisconsin
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Kindall Shannon works for the engineering and architecture firm Mead & Hunt, Inc. out of their corporate headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.  She serves the team in the Aviation and Government Studios in the Architecture Department working on projects from South Carolina to Minnesota in a variety of roles.  Kindall also aids in event planning for her local chapter of the American Institute of Architecture.

She graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Clemson in May of 2016 with a certificate in Architecture+Community Build.  Prior to graduate school, Kindall earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M as part of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2014.


Committee Member
Nick Balser '12 
Houston, Texas
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While studying finance and economics in school, Nick was privileged to be involved in a number of great organizations, but one in particular that stuck with him the most was the Titans of Investing program through Mays Business School. This small-group-style finance course helped kick-start his career by learning a tremendous amount about the financial markets, investment theory, market history, and ultimately the importance of being a character-driven person.

When Nick graduated from Texas A&M in May 2012 he took a job on a rotational finance program with Chevron Corporation. Through this program Nick had the opportunity to work three different 6 month assignments in different parts of the company, the oil and gas industry, and even the globe. Nick first moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area for six months, then southern California to a refinery near Los Angeles, and finally had the amazing experience of moving to West Africa to live and work in Lagos, Nigeria for another 6 months. After his time on the rotational program was complete he settled back into Houston, TX, working two more positions with Chevron as a project accountant for a major capital project and then working as a financial analyst on the trading floor for their crude traders. 

In August 2015 Nick accepted a full-time position with a nonprofit organization called Young Catholic Professionals, after volunteering for the organization for nearly a year. He was only the third full-time hire for the relatively young organization, and came on as the VP of Finance & Technology (which his title has since been changed to VP of Finance & Operations). This position provided an incredible opportunity to work for an organization with a mission aligned with his passions, in a position to make a real difference and affect the everyday operations and direction of the organization. The organization has experienced explosive growth in the last couple years and they continue to ramp up staffing to coincide with their nationwide expansion efforts. 


Committee Member
Meghan De Amaral '15 
Austin, Texas
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Meghan De Amaral '15 serves as a Strategic Planner for the Texas Office of the Governor's Public Safety Office. A dual degree graduate of Texas A&M, Meghan earned both a Bachelor of Political Science ('15) and Master of Public Service and Administration ('16) through the five year program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. While at the Bush School, she studied Security Policy & Management/Homeland Security with an emphasis in Critical Infrastructure in pursuit of a career in security policy and communications. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, Meghan worked with the Texas Division of Emergency Management where she supported statewide emergency management efforts, including response to and recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

While at Texas A&M, she founded a women's leadership organization (Texas A&M Legacies), served as 2015 Class President, and was involved in several other student organizations including Bush School Ambassadors, MSC Diversity, Fish Camp, MSC LEAD, and COSGA. In recognition of her efforts with these and other organizations, Meghan received a Buck Weirus Spirit Award in 2014. She also worked for the Student Rec Center and as a Graduate Assistant Researcher, contributing to research on women in the workplace and assisting with events for the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy.

Meghan is passionate about all things related to Texas A&M, public service, and the Lone Star State. Having been raised as part of a military family, she has an affinity for travel and is frequently on the road. Meghan is an active volunteer, serving as a 2015 Class Agent and Aggie Women Board Member in addition to roles with the Capital City A&M Club and Junior League of Austin. She hopes to impact future generations by encouraging women to take on service & leadership roles in their communities.


Committee Member
Shelby Springs '14 
Deer Park, Texas 
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Shelby Springs is from Deer Park, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in 2014. As an undergraduate, she worked throughout Bryan and College Station as a camp counselor and supervisor for multiple youth programs.

After graduation, she had the privilege of continuing on with the university in a professional aspect. As a College Recruitment Adviser for the Texas A&M Chapter of the College Advising Corps, Shelby spent two years working with under-served, low income students at her placement school, KIPP Sunnyside High School, in Houston, Texas. She spent each day advising and counseling her students as they embarked on their post-secondary education and careers. She was also selected to be a 2016 Data and Policy Fellow with the College Advising Corps. During her fellowship, Shelby participated on a national research team, and helped her team present their findings regarding best practices for advising and mentoring underclassmen at the College Advising Corps Summit in Washington, D.C.

After fulfilling her College Advising Corps contract, Shelby was delighted with the opportunity to continue her journey as an employee of the Houston branch of KIPP Texas Public Schools. She spent her first year as a KIPP through College Retention and Completion Specialist, where she ensured that KIPP high school alumni were able to successfully enroll, persist, and thrive in college. She currently works as a Senior College Counselor and Seminar Instructor at KIPP Sunnyside High School. Shelby is also a member of the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, and is passionate about advocating for her students, and building partnerships between secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

As a former AmeriCorps member, Shelby believes in living a life of service, and enjoys volunteering with the university and within her community whenever possible.


Committee Member
Abbey Hartgrove '11
Houston, Texas
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Abbey attended Texas A&M University from 2007-2011 where she was heavily involved inside and outside of the classroom. Abbey served as a Fish Camp counselor for two years and then went on to become a Co-Chair in 2010. She served the Texas A&M Football program as an Aggie Hostess in 2009 and 2010. Although she considered staying in College Station for graduate school, she decided she wanted to experience the city life and moved to Houston.

She attended The University of Houston for Graduate School in 2012 where she studied Educational Psychology with a concentration in Higher Education. During her time at UH she worked worked in leadership and community service leading multiple programs and advising student organizations. This included the assistance of kick-starting the Ignite Freshmen Leadership Program, which went on to grow with multiple levels and become available for the freshmen - senior classes. In 2014 the UH Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services awarded Abbey the Graduate Student of the Year award for all of her contributions to the University of Houston's student life.

In the last 6 months of her Masters program Abbey was offered a position at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business as the Assistant Director for the Full-Time MBA program office. In her first year at Rice, Abbey was awarded two JGSB Impact Awards for going above and beyond for her role with international initiatives and her work with exchange students. 

Currently, Abbey continues to work for the Jones School where she is now the Associate Director of Global Programming. Her position is working to build global programming into the MBA curriculum so that every student has a global experience. In the past three years she has led three international trips to China and Argentina with about 50 students each year.

Abbey hopes to continue building her career in Higher Education and aspires to one day contribute to student success at the University that developed her passion for it in the first place, Texas A&M! 


Committee Member
Kasey Kram '15
Houston, Texas
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Kasey Kram is a Weimar, Texas native and a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2015. He is a recent summa cum laude graduate from Texas A&M University with two Bachelors of Science degrees in Agribusiness and Agriculture Leadership and Development. Kasey currently works at Deloitte as a Human Capital Consultant, where he focuses on large-scale global implementation projects. He and his wife Kallie ’16 currently reside in Houston.

Kasey may have been a first-generation Aggie, but his blood ran as maroon as it gets. Kasey was involved across campus and across the world – from A&M’s Qatar campus to a marketing study abroad program in Europe. His loyalty to embracing the Aggie Spirit and values has been strong since the beginning. From his experiences, he has developed a respect for Texas A&M’s diversity and remarkable opportunities. He has led with integrity in organizations such as the Residence Hall Association, Leadership Fellows, Student Government Association, Old Army Gentlemen’s Society, and the College of Agriculture and Life Science Student Council.

Kasey is devoted to striving for excellence and looks to one day return to school to obtain his PhD in Agricultural Economics.


Committee Member
Mason Parish '14

Conroe, Texas
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Mason Parish pursued a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, earning his degree in 2014, and he completed a graduate degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School in 2016. He was active in student government, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and as a department representative. Additionally, Mason developed his leadership style during two important roles: as president of the Texas FFA Association, an organization of more than 81,000 students, and as founder of the Texas A&M Career Closet. Mason has also worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The Association of Former Students, and John Deere. Mason currently works at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst. 


Committee Member
Alane Blakely, Ph.D ’10 
Cypress, Texas
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Alane Blakely is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2010 from Houston, Texas. As a first generation Aggie, she embraced the Aggie Spirit and sought active involvement in many student organizations such as Sigma Phi Lambda, MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, Impact, Aggie Muster, and Psi Chi Honor Society. While at Texas A&M, Alane also worked for the Student Employment Office within the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid coordinating events such as National Student Employment Week and the Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony.

After graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Business Administration, Alane continued her education at her beloved university as a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her PhD in School Psychology in 2015 and started her career as a Licensed Psychologist for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

Outside of work, Alane is an active volunteer at Dress for Success-Houston seeking to empower women through employment, career advancement, and professional networking. She strives to model these values through her involvement in the Houston A&M Club and professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. As an avid supporter of education and Texas A&M, Alane seeks to recognize fellow Aggies who embody Texas A&M’s core values through her commitment to supporting an endowed undergraduate scholarship for the university. Alane currently resides in Cypress, Texas with her husband, Kevin ’10, and their dog, Aggie. Together they enjoy volunteering at their church, traveling around the world, and watching Aggie Athletics.


Committee Member
Gustavo "Gus" Garcia ’15
Houston, Texas
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Gustavo received a Civil Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 2015. He moved to Houston in 2016 to start his engineering career at Jacobs, where he is an Energy Services Civil EIT. In his current role, Gustavo is contributing to the success of various transportation and O&G mega projects.

He has been part of SHPE for over 6 years. As a Board of Directors member, Gustavo has represented SHPE Houston in Greater Houston Community initiatives and events including those hosted by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Shell Hispanic Employee Network, Young Member Initiative and various engagements that advance Diversity & Inclusion priorities. Gustavo has developed a keen interest to help fight the education gap of children in low-income and minority families in our community. Through SHPE Houston and United Way of Greater Houston, he has been an active volunteer and advocate for K-12 STEM outreach programs.


2018 Immediate Past-Chair
John Curtis '10  
Houston, Texas
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John Curtis is a Managing Director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Houston office.  John provides brokerage services and real estate consulting to corporate and institutional users of office, industrial and retail space.  His financial and analytic background allows him to help his clients align their real estate strategy with their business strategies. John has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions for clients across North America, Europe and Africa. He offers in-depth execution including financial analysis and contract negotiation for large portfolio clients as well as large one-off transactions.   

Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, John worked for more than four years with one of the most successful teams within CBRE’s North American brokerage division, focusing on tenant representation and corporate real estate consulting.

Curtis is a native Houstonian and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science in land development in 2012 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 2010.  While attending A&M, John was involved in many organizations such as Fish Camp, Old Army Gentlemen’s Society, Parents’ Weekend Committee, Real Estate Development  Association, and COSGA.


2018 Committee Past-Chair
Clinton "Brooks" Herman '09 
Houston, Texas
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Clinton "Brooks" Herman, Class of 2009, is a Sr. Project Manager for UTHealth at Houston, managing many different funding sourced projects from inception to close out. Previously, he managed the construction of 22 Academy Sports + Outdoors (3 Years) and over 90 francesca’s boutiques (3.5 Years).  Additionally, he has worked on several Texas school construction projects. 

In May 2013, Brooks became a part of the Editorial Board for the Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine. While at Texas A&M, Brooks created Video Voice Overs for the Construction Industry Advisory Council of Texas A&M.  As well as, placing third in the AGC/ASC Commercial Competition Team in 2009. 

In his personal life, he enjoys technology, travel (goal of one new country per year), music/home theater, entrepreneurial growth/prospects, and staying active with his adopted rescue Boxer Mix, Bonnie.






Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
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Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
SarahBrents@AggieNetwork.com

Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
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